Republicans like to talk big on the economy. But…

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 23, 2012
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Republicans like to talk big on the economy.

Republicans talk fiscal responsibility. It’s one of the most attractive things about the GOP:


Five Facts about the Massachusetts economy under Governor Romney.

And, here’s some more facts, re: Romney’s track record, for those of us who want more than truthiness:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


10 Responses to “Republicans like to talk big on the economy. But…”

  1. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Research from the late 90s by the American Tax Payer Association (or some such name) finds that…

    Deficit spending by Dems and Reps at national, state, and local levels over the previous decade or two were huge and growing with Dems slightly better than Reps at all levels. (I guess if you talk a good story, it gives you leeway to spend a bit more).

    Clinton is the only one who looks even slightly good, and even that requires looking only at limited info.

    However, Bush and Obama have taken spending to levels that dwarf everything that came before. EVERYONE pre-Bush-Obama looks like a fiscal conservative now.

    It doesn’t matter what politicians SAY about cutting costs. You win elections by promising something for nothing. If you try to pay for what you promise, you lose. So both parties promise, neither party pays. But our children and grandchildren WILL pay, one way or another, and it won’t be pretty.

    You could vote Rep or Dem and vote for more of the same. Or you could vote for that other party (and it’s on the ballot!). Then you’d get dismantling of the American Empire and the military-industrial complex along with honesty and courage concerning our financial situation.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    You should write for elephant! Share your views in articles, not just comments! We welcome respectful disagreement, it means learning!

  3. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Dear Elephant,
    I am very relieved to hear you say that. In fact, just a while ago, out on my semi-daily bike ride, I was thinking that I have really been overdoing my comments at Ele, especially on politics. I was framing in my mind, as I pedaled, a private letter to Ele to inquire about that and suggest that maybe I should just pull out E.J. if I’m being disruptive.

    I do learn a lot at Ele and feel comfortable, as most people are intelligent and respectful. But I also feel a bit like a fish out of water. I’m like… Am I just saying too much? Coming down too hard when I disagree with something? I often feel that way. So your suggestion really puts my mind at ease, though probably only temporarily at ease.

    As for writing, well it’s tempting. But probably too tempting for my own spiritual good. So I’ll decline. On the other hand, come to think of it, taking myself seriously enough to do some actual writing for Ele is probably no more spiritually damaging than the dogmatic confidence-filled diatribes I regularly post. But there’s another problem, too. I’m lazy. I’m a compulsive re-writer and if I did write something formally for all y’all, it could easily turn into a rather time-consuming project. I might even have to skip a bike ride!

    So thanks. Really. But not now.

    Good day to all of you!

  4. Mark Ledbetter says:

    PS, It just struck me. Which would I rather do, write an article or go listen to some of Bob and Joey's fusion flamenco? The answer is clear. Anyone reading this, check it out. It's here on Ele. I'm headin' there right now.

  5. elephantjournal says:

    As long as it's respectful, we want and need–not just on elephant but society generally–different points of view. Not all siloed. So the offer's open. It would be a service, I know, but might be fun and less frustrating than "just" commenting, which is great as it is.

    That said: never skip a bike ride.

  6. Mr.Science says:

    Mark, Write. Please Write. I have been considering it, especially to test the "respectful" vs. Facts thing, but then I would have to reveal my secret identity. (which incidentally is Winston Science)

  7. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Well, Winston, from one reluctant gadfly to another, I was kind of hoping YOU would take up the challenge.

    To tell the truth, I actually did type up something yesterday, but nothing related to, for example, testing whether inconvenient facts might be considered disrespectful. Rather it's a book review. If it doesn't make the cut, it won't be because of any 'inconvenient truths' but just simply because it doesn't make the cut.

    It's a review of a novel from the '90s that, IMO, is an discovered masterwork, something like a still unknown Confederacy of Dunces. The author, I would guess, would fit in well at Ele on most political and economic issues, so there will be nothing to challenge the Ele world view. It's just a really good novel that I hope I can interest people in taking a look at. So the review, if it makes the cut, should be up in a week or two in, I would assume, the Review section. Novel's name: Revised Kama Sutra.

    Will I take on more controversial issues later? Can't say. For now the answer is no. But who knows where inspiration might move me in the future. Thanks for asking, though.

  8. Mr.Science says:

    Well, Name's not actually Winston, but I was tickled by the earnest response. Pointing out a missing piece of art can go a long way. Given your comments, I would be willing to give it a read.
    I have considered writing as well, but going into territory where you know that every word will be picked apart is daunting. Even if the facts are there, the documentation alone would take several hours, one link to a mildly questionable source would discredit a whole line of thinking.
    With regard to this article, and simply put, modern Republicans pull the small government bait and switch by not including military as big government. Some people buy that.
    I look forward to the review.

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